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Melanoma diagnosed, age 93

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My wife is in reasonably good health, at age 93. Biopsy of a spot on her arm says she has melanoma. We received this report by phone from a dermatologist two days ago. We have an appointment to see an oncologist Monday. We plan to get a second opinion and talk with other doctors.

We have many questions, such as "How fast is the cancer likely to spread if not treated?" "What treatment do you think my wife should consider?" My wife will make that decision, of course. My role will be to support her.

We welcome your thoughts concerning this.

Dealing with cancer is not a new experience in my family. I am a long-term survivor of prostate cancer. The prostate cancer discussion board has been helpful to me.

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Abbycat2
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I am from the Uterine Board but have been known to “stray”. Has your 93-year-young wife been evaluated by a plastic surgeon? If not, please, please, please see the experts on skin cancer including melanoma.

Warm Wishes to you both,

Cathy

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I am pleased to report that the melanoma was successfully removed about two weeks ago. The "wound" has healed and the scar is concealed by blouse sleeves. Thank you for your concerns and advice.

Good wishes to you.

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